Meet Our Team


Gary Drews – Chief Executive Officer

Appointed by the Board of Trustees, Drews brings tremendous leadership experience in the healthcare sector and track record of improving every organization with which he has been affiliated. Already at 9Health we are seeing an increase in attendance at our health fairs and launching new health and media programs.

Previously, Drews served as the interim CEO and Executive Director of Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange. During his one-year appointment, Drews led the organization through a strategic planning process while enrolling over 150,000 Coloradans.

Drews was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance, Investments & Graduate Medical Education for the Colorado Health Foundation from 2006-2013. His leadership responsibilities included strategic finance and planning overseeing a $100m+ budget; mission and portfolio investment management ($2.3b); hospital system joint venture management (7 hospitals); graduate medical education academic affairs (5 residencies); and accounting, facilities, and legal.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder he earned a Master of Arts at the University of Southern California.

When Drews isn’t at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as playing the guitar and landscape photography.

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Adele Work – Vice President of Operations

A results-driven executive leader with over 25 years of experience, Adele brings a deep understanding of the healthcare landscape to the 9Health staff from Connect for Health where she was instrumental in standing up the marketplace and responsible for managing key operations of the organization. In addition, Adele has held a variety of leadership positions in healthcare and technology where she has excelled at building and managing teams and systems.

Prior to Connect for Health Colorado, Adele was a principal at the North Highland Company, partner and managing director at the Bergeron Consulting Group and vice president at American Management Systems (now CGI-AMS). Throughout her career, Adele has been a passionate advocate for customers and demonstrated a proven ability to turn ideas into results by seeing clearly how to build and execute plans and work collaboratively across all aspects of an enterprise.

Adele earned a bachelor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She and her partner, Jennifer, have two grown sons and one grandchild. They live and work on a small farm in Berthoud, Colorado where they sell produce, herbs and flowers under the name The Farmer and Adele.

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Marla Rodriguez – Vice President of Communications & Marketing

Marla Rodriguez leads communications and sponsorship efforts for one of Colorado’s most loved non-profits, 9Health Fair. Starting in January 2010, she coordinates all of the promotion, marketing and outreach for the organization. Previously, Rodriguez served as the manager of public relations and marketing at Emily Griffith Opportunity School. Rodriguez spent 17 years in sports public relations, including at the University of Denver (2000-05). She was named to the NCAA Men’s Final Four Media Coordination Committee and Rodriguez’ 1999-00 women’s basketball media guide cover was judged best in the nation.

An active member of the community, Rodriguez has facilitated programs for Colorado Youth at Risk, a drop-out prevention program, and is the former Board Chair for the Open Media Foundation. Born in Colorado Springs, CO, Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University (Miami, Fla.). She is an avid sports fan, a yoga practitioner and has a little white dog named Koji.

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Melanie Zeitler – Vice President of Philanthropy

Melanie has worked in the non-profit sector for 18 years in various roles from program development to Executive Director. She has a breadth of experience in non-profit management and resource development across several sectors; including Jewish Community, Art, Education and Conservation organizations. Her most recent years were spent at the Plains Conservation Center; a non-profit which focuses on environmental education and the restoration of endangered grasslands in Colorado. This is where Melanie learned to “fall in love” with the prairie landscape and its unique ecosystem. Melanie’s interest in environmental issues and stewardship has continued in her freelance consulting work and volunteerism, where she has happily donated her services to several organizations bringing the importance of environmental stewardship to the forefront. Melanie grew up in a medical family. Her dad was an orthopedic trauma surgeon and mom was a surgical nurse. Health and wellness was and continues to be a fundamental part of her life. She is a yoga enthusiast and spin cycling nut, who has also been known to enjoy a whole bag of blue corn chips in one sitting now and then!

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Dr. Payal Kohli – 9Health Medical Expert

Dr. Payal Kohli is a practicing cardiologist at Cherry Creek Heart. Her primary focus at 9Health is on the critical issue of preventive medicine, which she is passionate about.

She grew up in Aurora, then traveled east to attend M.I.T. as an undergraduate, receiving dual degrees in biology and brain and cognitive sciences with a concentration in economics. She went on to medical school at Harvard, where she graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree, magna cum laude, in 2007.

She then completed internal medicine training, cardiology training as well as advanced training in clinical research and disease prevention. She holds four active board certifications.


Alexandra Andrews – Director of Volunteer Engagement

Before joining 9Health Fair as the Director of Volunteer Engagement, Alexandra was a volunteer site leader for 9Health Fair! During this time, she wrote a sensitivity training to help volunteers better understand how to serve people with I/DD at the fair. She previously worked for AdvocacyDenver as the Health Care Advocacy Program Coordinator, where she provided direct advocacy support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). She ran four health classes specifically tailored to people with I/DD. Alex received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University and her Master of Arts in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University. She is a native Coloradan, she married her husband Deric in 2007 and they have 2 sons; Brennen and Trevor. She enjoys doing everything with her family from skiing, hiking, and biking to creating pottery, other art pieces, reading, and gardening.

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Amy Friel – Director of Digital Health Strategy and Products

An innovation leader with an Ironman’s stamina and grit, Amy joined 9Health as the Director of Digital Health Strategy and Products in January 2020. Previously she was the VP of Marketing at Tidepool, a nonprofit provider of cloud software for people with Type 1 diabetes. In addition to owning her own consulting business, she has held product and marketing leadership roles at Fortune 50 tech giants and Silicon Valley startups including Nokia Health, Adobe, SanDisk, and Intel. A recent transplant from Silicon Valley, Amy has been a guest lecturer at Santa Clara University and multiple industry events. Passionate about harnessing the power of technology to improve health outcomes, Amy has been active in digital health communities as a startup mentor and board member for the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Chapters of Health 2.0. She received her MA and MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

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Becky Aragon – Executive Assistant and Development Assistant

Becky provides administrative support for the President and CEO as well as the Philanthropy department. Prior to 9Health Fair, she worked at Morris Animal Foundation as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Development.

A native of Pueblo, she has also lived in California prior to returning to Denver 20 years ago. Her time away from work is spent camping and fishing in our beautiful Colorado Mountains with her two cocker spaniels, Mia and Milo.

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Stephanie Carlson – Digital Media Manager

Digital Media Manager Stephanie CarlsonStephanie is a Colorado native that grew up with the 9Health Fair and is excited to be part of the staff of this beloved, and essential, non-profit. As the Digital Media Manager, she helps coordinate communications on social media, the 9Health Fair Blog, and 9Health Fair website. Stephanie’s background is in video production, communications, and marketing. Her previous work experience includes working as a producer on the 9NEWS morning show, a video producer for a non-profit – the American Water Works Association, and most recently she worked at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus for the School of Pharmacy producing videos and digital communications. With experience at 9NEWS, a non-profit, and in health care, she feels this role at 9Health Fair is a perfect fit.

Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She and her husband, Mark, live in Denver with their sons Macklin and Collin and their dog Max.

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Bobbie Dougherty – Health and Wellness Registered Nurse

Bobbie has been a part of the 9Health Fair for more than 20 years both as a volunteer and as an employee. Her nursing experiences include the ICU, surgery, rehab and school nursing. Bobbie is on the board of directors for Lalmba, a non-profit organization with medical clinics and orphanages in Africa. Her hobbies include enjoying life and traveling with her husband, Pat, to visit their five children worldwide.

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Cat Lyons – Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Cat is the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for 9Health Fair. Before joining 9Health Fair, Cat worked in the for-profit sector, but she has been an active volunteer with many non-profit organizations throughout Colorado for many years. Cat earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. After earning her M.B.A., she decided to work with an organization that truly makes a difference in the local community. In her spare time, she loves reading, cooking, dancing, hiking, and traveling with her husband.

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Dain Linder – Director of Information Technology

Dain wants to live in a world where one’s health is realized to be the most valuable of gifts and people invest in it like their very lives depend on it because, well… it does! As the Director of Information Technology, Dain feels his life’s work has led him to this position. His college degree is actually in exercise science but his career in IT started with a curiosity of computers that ultimately led to multiple certifications and various positions in the IT field over the past 15 years. From construction companies to medical practices, Dain’s passion for technology and ability to implement cost-effective technical solutions appropriately is a welcomed addition to the team. When he’s not speaking geek, you can find him supporting his three teenage sons, spending time with his wife, lifting heavy things or photographing the world around him.

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Dave Quintana – Manager of Operations and Logistics

Dave is the organization’s Manager of Operations and Logistics. In this role, he manages 9HealthFair’s warehouse, supplies and inventory processes. Dave’s background includes many years in the health and safety field, including understanding OSHA compliance and guidelines. Before joining 9Health Fair, Dave worked for a landscaping company as their health and safety manager and at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal wildlife refuge as an air monitors specialist detecting high and low-level chemical exposures. In his personal time, Dave enjoys visiting the Denver museum, collecting fossils, hunting and cooking wild game.

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Dianne Pape – Director of Business Development

In 2001, Dianne joined 9Health Fair as Director of Special Events and Projects, planning special and fundraising events and organizing free breast health clinics for uninsured and underserved communities. She created a bilingual breast cancer education calendar that continues today as an educational tool and celebration of survivorship of men and women whose fight against breast cancer demonstrates that the disease does not discriminate between age, gender, ethnicity, or lifestyle. Dianne’s mother, a 43-year survivor, was the first “Miss November”.

Today, Dianne is the Director of Business Development, recruiting new 9Health Fair sites and is in charge of broadening the outreach of 9Health Fair throughout Colorado and neighboring states. She is staff liaison to the Arapahoe/Douglas District and the Central Mountain region, and is a statewide “trouble-shooter,” helping sites resolve unique challenges. Dianne is a “Phoenix”, having returned to college after her children were grown and completing a B.S. in Business Administration at the University of Phoenix in Denver. She is a member and past president of the Lions Club of Denver where she has been honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow. She also sits on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation.

Dianne’s hobbies include tennis, dancing, scuba diving, skiing, and cooking. A native of New Jersey, Dianne, and her family enjoy the gifts of living in Colorado, although she has been known to occasionally proclaim “Colorado would be absolutely perfect if it only had an ocean!”

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Edith Thompson – 9Health Fair Advisor

Edith started out as a volunteer who helped out at various fairs. She then took on the responsibility of the site coordinator, making important decisions, and overseeing entire fairs. In 1998, she became a District Coordinator for Aurora, and in 2009, she became a Fair Advisor. Edith also manages the front desk at 9Health Fair on a part-time basis. She enjoys walking, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Kimberly Penney – Co-Director of Health and Wellness

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kimberly brings to 9Health Fair a variety of nursing experience. Her career began in Denver as a vascular surgery nurse, and her other experiences include cardiac surgery, medical surgery, and kidney transplant procedures. Kimberly is currently helping to launch our 9Health eTools programs. In her spare time Kimberly enjoys traveling. Her most recent trips include Australia, France, Monaco, and Spain.

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Kristin Richert – Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Kristin spent the last two years apart of the outreach team at The Blue Bench, which is a local non-profit working to heal survivors of sexual violence and educate all youth on prevention. During her time there she engaged with thousands of community members, helping them understand their role in changing the conversation about this pervasive violence. Kristin is ready to put this commitment to work supporting our wonderful network of volunteers and their mission to help Coloradans own their health!

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Melinda Taylor – Data Support Analyst

Melinda Taylor has been working at 9Health in various capacities since 2006.  For eight years she was an education program coordinator for the former In the Classroom program and more recently she has worked in the Communication Department and is now working in all things data.

Prior to 9Health, Melinda worked in field botany before earning a MA in Instruction and Curriculum and a teaching license in secondary science.  She taught middle school biology for a few years and also served as a kindergarten assistant at her children’s school.  Her interests include giving back to her native Colorado, hiking, traveling, reading, and skiing with her husband, son, and daughter.

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Melody Ryan – Manager of Client Services

Melody is an Estes Park, Colorado native who serves as 9Health Fair’s Manager of Client Services. In this position, she gathers and reports on data collected from our 9Health Fairs such as attendance demographics, number of tests performed, and their results. She also works with participants on any non-medical questions they may have about the fairs and/or their test results. Melody started working with 9Health Fair as a volunteer. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business from the University of Colorado. Previously, she has worked with medical software, a job that took her to all 50 states. Among her many hobbies, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, movies, and traveling.

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Stacey Brake – Co-Director of Health and Wellness

Stacey is Co-Director of Health & Wellness at 9Health Fair. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Arizona State University in 1998. Stacey was a travel nurse for several years before settling down in Denver. Stacey has a variety of nursing experience in Telemetry, Orthopedics, and Medical Surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, doing anything outdoors such as running, hiking and biking, participating in triathlons and playing with her doggie.

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Virginia Garcia Pivik – Community Outreach Coordinator

Virginia is the Community Outreach Coordinator for 9Health Fair. With more than 20 years of radio and TV experience, she is a seasoned communications consultant and broadcaster. In 2005 she became an EMMY nominee of the National Academy of Television and Arts for her job as a news producer. Since her days in radio and TV, Virginia has developed a passion for educating and engaging communities by working face-to-face with a vast array of community leaders and members. She believes in utilizing existing marketing channels to increase exposure of our health programs in the community.

Virginia is a volunteer donor on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry (NMDP). She’s also an advocate for Breast Cancer survivor education. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has knowledge of German and Portuguese. Her Spanish skills granted her access to the White House, under the Obama administration for a live presidential translation. Virginia enjoys running 5Ks, hiking, spinning and researching psychology-related topics.

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Christine Betts – Philanthropy Support

Christine began volunteering at 9Health fair after retiring from a successful career in Human Resources. She joined the Philanthropy Department because, as a volunteer, she has seen the impact that 9Health has on so many lives and is excited to be a part of this valuable Colorado non-profit. A fifth-generation Colorado native, she graduated from Adams State University with a double major in business and psychology. Christine enjoys traveling, reading, Jazzercise, and long walks with her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.

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